Trusting God’s Promises When They Seem to Fail
Steve McKenzie

Have you ever felt like God’s promises were failing you? Maybe you’re walking through a season of life where everything seems to be falling apart, and you’re left wondering if God is really there. If so, you’re not alone. Psalm 89 speaks directly to this experience, offering profound wisdom and encouragement for those feeling abandoned or let down by God.

Worship in the Darkness

Psalm 89 begins with a declaration of worship: “I will sing about the Lord’s faithful love forever.” This might seem strange if you’re in a place of deep despair, but worship can be a powerful act of defiance against the darkness. It’s about choosing to remember God’s faithful love even when everything around you suggests otherwise. By worshipping in the darkness, we turn our focus away from our circumstances and back to God’s unwavering character and promises.

Remember God’s Word

The psalmist reminds us of what God has said: “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant.” In times of crisis, it’s easy to forget the promises God has made to us. Yet, it’s crucial to recall these words and hold onto them tightly. V. Raymond Edman once said, “Do not doubt in the dark what God has spoken in the light.” When God’s presence seems hidden, remember what He has promised you in the light.

Enjoy God’s Creation

Psalm 89 also points us to the beauty and majesty of God’s creation as a testament to His faithfulness. When life feels overwhelming, step outside and soak in the wonders of the natural world. The heavens declare the glory of God, and His creation can provide a tangible reminder of His ongoing presence and care. It’s a way to touch grace and find assurance that God is still with you, even in your darkest moments.

Trust God’s Promises

The psalmist recounts God’s covenant with David, emphasizing that His promises are steadfast and true. Despite the destruction and exile experienced by the Israelites, God’s covenant remained unbroken. This covenant finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. When everything seems to be falling apart, we can trust that God’s promises are still active and alive. Jesus, our eternal King, embodies God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

Crisis of Faith

Psalm 89 doesn’t shy away from expressing deep anguish and doubt. The psalmist openly questions God’s faithfulness: “How long, Lord? Will you hide forever?” This honest dialogue with God models for us that it’s okay to bring our doubts and frustrations to Him. God can handle our questions and pain. In fact, bringing them to Him is an act of faith in itself.

Confidence in Faith

Jesus provides the ultimate answer to our questions of faith. He fulfills the promises made to David, demonstrating that God’s faithfulness never wavers. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are the ultimate proof that God’s promises are true. When Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life,” He assured us that even in our darkest times, we have a sure and steadfast hope in Him.


If you’re feeling like God has failed you, take heart. Psalm 89 offers a roadmap for navigating through your doubts and fears. Worship in the darkness, remember God’s Word, enjoy His creation, and trust His promises. Jesus, our faithful God, is with you, and His promises will never fail. Even when life is at its hardest, you can trust that God is working all things together for your good. Hallelujah anyway.